AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST’S
FARMERS MARKET CELEBRATION
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Albany Farmers’ Market (OR)
Albany Farmers’ Market, the oldest continuously operating open-air farmers’ market in Oregon, is located in the City Hall parking lot and on an adjacent street that fronts the Linn County Courthouse. In 2016 we launched the Power of Produce, a program (originally from Oregon City) that offers tokens and healthy activities for kids 5 to 12.
Corvallis-Albany Farmers’ Markets operates outdoor farmers’ markets that are known for their wide selection of local Willamette Valley organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, nursery plants and herbs. Homemade baked goods, jams, preserves, syrups, honey, cheese, eggs, nuts, meats and poultry broaden the offerings and help extend the market season. Sustainable meat and poultry in particular have expanded in recent years as more farmers strive to help consumers replace quantity with quality.
We focus on farm direct marketers whose farms are in a six county area: Benton, Linn, Lincoln, Lane, Marion and Polk counties. The few non-grown vendors in our markets (bakers and restaurants) are held to high standards of local sourcing.
As our mid-April to late November season progresses, the colorscape of the markets evolves from a sea of many greens, punctuated by a flashes of red and white, to the full palette of fall colors. Our larger farmers grow a lot under cover to extend seasons, so you may see produce over a longer span than you expect.
Music and special events add to the community atmosphere. Extras include hands-on children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and tastings. Most events are carried out by community organizations and other volunteers.